Re: 2011 Schedule
Not really. I'm just far more realistic in what I expect her to achieve at this stage in her development. Also I'm not sure how three R1's and an R2 at the Australian Open constitutes success. She hasn't done well enough in the past 4 years to justify putting the rest of her season at risk by playing when she's not ready. I don't like that she's missing a major either but it is the right decision regardless of how you or I feel about it. All I've ever said is that she needs time to find her game and to develop further. She has the ability of a top 10 player, she just needs to learn how to use it and how to be mentally stronger, both of which she has improved on in the last 3 years, especially under Karl-Heinz's coaching.
As for making excuses, all I've done is offer rational explanations which tends to get repetitive because of how often and how quickly people jump on her back after a loss. Losing matches is part of sport, it's an important part of the development of a player. It is by no means the end of the world and 99% of the time she doesn't deserve the abuse she gets on here. The only exception I can think of where she genuinely let herself down being Paris indoors in February when she lost to Oudin because she got distracted by a ball boy instead of focusing on winning the 2nd set.
People seem to be stuck in 2007 as if they think it's her right to get those results consistently. I wish it was, but it's not, it takes hard work. She will get back to that kind of form in time, but in the meantime people need to adjust their expectations and accept that she's working hard to improve and stop expecting her to play flawlessly every match.
I think it's far too easy to forget that she's not a sports team, she's a 22 year old girl who has feelings. Yes it can be very frustrating when she loses but almost everything said about her after a loss on here has nothing to do with tennis and is just a personal insult which is completely uncalled for. I'd be more than happy if what was said was actually about tennis, it'd at least be constructive and give us something to talk about properly.
I have no issue with you or anyone else having a different opinion to my own, it's your entitlement. But I do, in the same respect, have a right to support or stick up for her if I think that what is said is unfair.
On that note, please don't take this as a personal attack on yourself or anyone else here. I really like everyone here and I'm not here to make enemies. It's good to have people here to talk to about Ági, tennis in general and other things like Hungarian. That is something impossible to find anywhere else because she's one of the lesser known players on the WTA Tour and for that reason I do appreciate everyone's contributions in all the threads regarding various subjects.
I hope you all have a great, healthy and happy 2011, and here's hoping Ágnes has a very successful one too.
Last edited by Hajrá Ági!; Jan 1st, 2011 at 12:07 PM.